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Sicily and Aeolian Islands, Italy

37.3N 14.6E

July 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots, Volcanoes

Sicily and Aeolian Islands, Italy - May 30th, 2009

Sicily and Aeolian Islands, Italy - May 30th, 2009

Patchy clouds dot the skies over most of Sicily; the only area completely obscured by cloud-cover is the eastern flank of Mount Etna. The Strait of Messina and much of the Sicilian coastline, can be seen quite clearly.

The arch of the Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, is visible in the Tyrrhenian Sea above Sicily. This volcanic archipelago includes the islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.

The Aeolian Islands, Italy

38.4N 14.9E

June 4th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Aeolian Islands and Sicily, Italy - May 11th, 2009

Aeolian Islands and Sicily, Italy - May 11th, 2009

The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily.  Above, in the full image, the spiralling shape of currents in the sea is visible.

The largest island is Lipari (in the thumbnail image, the fourth from the left edge). The other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.

The present shape of the Aeolian Islands is the result of volcanic activity over a period of 260,000 years.

There are two active volcanoes – Stromboli (in the full image, the island farthest north) and Vulcano (to the right of Lipari). However, most of the islands experience volcanic activity from steaming fumaroles and thermal waters.

Below, on the island of Sicily, the famous Mount Etna volcano can also be observed. As this image has been orthorectified, the volcano and the mountains and hills in this area can be seen without geometric distortion.

Sicily in Early Autumn – November 20th, 2009

November 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sicily, Italy - October 7th, 2009

Sicily, Italy - October 7th, 2009

The Italian island of Sicily shows more green vegetation in this image, taken in early autumn, than it does in the hotter and drier summer months (click here for an image of the area in summer). The skies are virtually cloud free, and the summit and flanks of Mount Etna are clearly visible as a dark brown area near the eastern shores.

In the upper right corner, the Strait of Messina separates Sicily from the Italian mainland region of Calabria. Also visible near the top of the image are the Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, arranged in an arched shape in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Summer Landscape of Sicily – July 29th, 2009

37.3N 14.6E

July 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Sicily is the autonomous region of Italy with the greatest land area, at 25,708 square kilometres (9,926 sq mi), and also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is directly adjacent to the Italian region of Calabria, via the Strait of Messina to the east.

Sicily’s position means that it enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild to warm, wet winters and warm to hot, dry summers. The Sicilian terrain in this image, taken midsummer, appears mostly tan in color. The lack of sediments flowing into the surrounding sea also indicates that there has not been significant rainfall recently.

Sicily and its small surrounding islands are highly significant in the area of volcanology. Mount Etna, located in the east, is the only volcano on mainland Sicily; with a height of 3,320 m (10,900 ft) it is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.

As well as Etna, there are several non-volcanic mountain ranges in Sicily: Sicani to the west, Eeri in the central area and Hyblaean in the south-east. Across the north of Sicily there are three others: Madonie, Nebrodi and Peloritani.

The Aeolian Islands to the north-east are volcanically significant with Stromboli currently active, also in the Tyrrhenian Sea are the three dormant volcanos of Vulcano, Vulcanello and Lipari.

Off the Southern coast of Sicily, to the right, the island country of Malta is visible as well.

Clouds Lining the Coast of Calabria, Italy

May 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - May 8th, 2009

Italy - May 8th, 2009

In this view of southern Italy, a line of clouds frames the west coast of Calabria. The shoreline becomes clear towards Sicily, making thin tan lines of beaches visible.

The coast of the Strait of Messina can be observed sharply as it is also cloud free and no sediments are present in the water.

Moving further south in Sicily, the brown flanks of Mount Etna stand out amidst the surrounding green terrain.

To the north, off the Sicilian coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea, are the Aeolian Islands (Italian: Isole Eolie).  These seven islands make up a volcanic archipelago with two active volcanoes: Stromboli and Vulcano.